This year’s duo of Movember films, created and staring our very own boys, have been creating a storm online since their launch.
The boys’ film about mental health has received incredible support. In less than 24 hours this powerful video received over 63,438 video views, 3,255 likes/loves/wows and 901 shares (on post and shares) on Facebook alone.
It has since featured online by the BBC and shared in schools across the country. The film has also received a great deal of praise from individuals and charities associated with in mental health, “Having worked in mental health for 35 years it is fantastic to see such a thought provoking and inspiring film embracing mental health issues. Well done to all involved”
The boys second film, a parody, has also received unprecedented interest and support online, highlighting the important issue of Men’s Health in a light-hearted, fun way.
Fittingly, both films were both launched at a special assembly to celebrate the school’s involvement with the charity attended by Owen Sharp, Movember CEO. Since its involvement started in 2010, Bedford School, has habitually been the largest Movember fundraiser in the UK in the education sector, raising an incredible £50,991.34 for the men’s health charity.
The boys involved in the creation of the films are optimistic that the videos will help to spark conversations about men’s health, both physical and mental.
Susie Spyropoulos, the teacher behind the Bedford School Movember campaign said, “Throughout the month there has been a focus on raising awareness and educating the boys on the health risks that they face and how to identify them. Movember is great for giving the boys the opportunity and confidence to talk about their health, and, in particular, mental health, more openly.”
Bedford School Head Master, James Hodgson added, “We are proud of the educative work the boys do, which includes senior boys planning and leading sessions on health issues (mental and physical) with the younger boys. At a time when teenage mental health issues have reached record levels in the UK, this month provides an uplifting example of where teenage boys are taking a serious responsibility for looking after one another.”
The Bedford School team can be sponsored at http://mvmbr.co/2fDUkfz.